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Dec 1, 2013 8:30pm PST
that might mean if and when he is allowed to return home. >> reporter: newman served in a once top secret u.s. army unit during the korean war. that unit was said to have traintrai trained anti-communist gorillas to fight enemies. they're called the white tigers. newman was part of that unit. he would have likely trained the gorillas. he kept in touch with some of the koreans he trained during the war. this photo provided to us shows the 85-year-old veteran posing with former gorillas. he went to south korea twice in the past decade before making the trip into north korea in october. >> i think it was probably a s mistake for mr. newman to go back to north korea. there's still some very hard feelings about this whole operation that took place during the korean war. the north koreans are not particularly receptive to folks who have been a part of those units. >> reporter: officials have been detaining him since late october. he was detained just as he was boarding a plane to leave. we'll here from experts about the possible political implications of his detention. >>> thank you. vice presi
Dec 8, 2013 8:30pm PST
that nation may have gained somethingjf from th high-profile case of merrill newman. he was detained for more than a month in north korea, accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize to the north korean people, the government deported 4rhumanitarian grounds. one expert at stanford that we talked to said thate1 apology m show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> it was very useful for the north koreans not so much internationally to get anfá apology from merrill newman for war, but internally. they can useÑ$u$at information o demonstrate to theire1 own population that they, the regime,xi;e1 in controli]xjeÑ n from e1 tgtricans. >> while merrill newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen. that's kenneth bae. he's been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist l]costate. >>> a san francisco church held a tribute to nelson mandela ont this sunday. glideñr memorial church celebrad the legacy and courage of the former south african president. reverend cecil w
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